This is another throwback to my herbal gift shop days. A Styrofoam base, plenty of hot glue, and a bag full of mini pine cones are all you really need to create a pine cone Christmas tree.
We have a whole row of Eastern Hemlock trees separating our property and the house next door. We also have some at the back of our property, so I have been gathering bags full of these cute little pine cones for a while. I thought they would be perfect for making cute little mini trees for Christmas.
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Pine Cone Christmas Tree
Making a Mini Christmas Tree with Pine Cones
All you need to do is start at the bottom of the cone and run a line of hot glue about 2 inches long.
Then place your cones on the glue as close together as possible.
Continue around the cone, gluing small sections at a time.
Then move up just above your first row, again gluing small sections at a time, until the cone is completely covered.
You can stop there. I didn't. I added a circle of craft paper to hide the bottom of the cone and added a dowel rod to act as a trunk. A branch from the yard would work just as well, maybe better.
Next, I whitewashed a couple of clay pots. They were pretty but I wanted a more rustic look, so I used a few different shades of brown and green acrylic paint to make them look old and mossy.
Pieces of floral foam were inserted into the pots to hold the dowel in place.
The cones were so top-heavy, so I added a few pennies inside to weigh them down. You can use pebbles or small stones instead of pennies. They were handy for me.
Then I covered the floral foam with a little leftover sheet moss.
Here's a close-up of the pinecone trees. Can you see the hot glue strands? I'm still working on removing them. They are hard to see, but the camera picks up everything. I've heard that you can remove them with a hot hairdryer. I'm going to have to try that next.
I made two pine cone Christmas trees. As you can see I did add a dowel rod for the trunk and planted them in a cute little clay pot. However, you could forego the trunk and the pot, because the trees look really nice on their own as a tabletop Christmas tree.
They are a great addition to our Christmas decor. I paired them with a tray of scented pine cones and cedar in our foyer, along with a few ceramic birds, and our Christmas Card toolbox.
This pine cone Christmas tree craft has that natural beauty that I love to decorate with, and though delicate, the trees should keep for a long time.
- Small Clay Pot
- Floral Foam
- Kraft Paper
- Moss to cover the foam
- Dowel Rod or Branch for trunk
- Styrofoam Cone
- Mini Pine Cones
- Paint - white, green, brown
- Hot Glue Gun
- Gather mini pine cones.
- Start securing them to the foam cone. Run a line of hot glue at the bottom of the foam cone about 2 inches long.
- Place your cones on the glue as close together as possible.
- Continue around the cone, gluing small sections at a time.
- Move up just above your first row.
- Repeat the process in small sections, until the cone is completely covered.
- Add a circle of craft paper to hide the bottom of the cone.
- Add a dowel rod to act as a trunk.
- Whitewash a couple of clay pots.
- Then add a little green and brown paint to make it look like moss.
- Insert floral foam into the pots to hold the dowel in place.
- Add a few pennies inside the pots to weigh them down.
- Cover the floral foam with sheet moss.
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